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Apple spent at least $60 million on lawyers for its fight against Samsung

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 06 Dec 2013 16:52 User comments (5)

Apple spent at least $60 million on lawyers for its fight against Samsung Apple paid its lead law firm over $60 million to help the company in its patent battles against rival Samsung.
The revelation comes via Apple legal documents filed this week.

Apple has so far been the big winner in the ongoing war, with juries awarding Apple damages of nearly $1 billion over the last two years.

The Cupertino giant is asking U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh to order Samsung to pay a quarter of Apple's legal fees, which would amount to a bit above $15 million. "Awarding fees to Apple 'flows quite naturally' from the jury's willfulness verdict as well as Samsung's extensive record of willful, deliberate, and calculated decisions to copy the iPhone, in blatant disregard for Apple's IP," Apple's attorneys added in the filing.

Apple also added that it received a significant discount from its lead firm, Morrison & Foerster's, due to their longtime relationship. It is unclear how much more the company would have had to pay had they been a smaller company with less clout.

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5 user comments

16.12.2013 17:04

damn...that is a lot of money!

27.12.2013 9:54

gotta pay for that spaceship head quarters somehow. a drop in the bucket when you overcharge consumers for your products



37.12.2013 12:03

Hmmm seems they are getting off cheap for legal fees.... Last article on afterdawn here about the settlement crapple got about 890 million in damages, lets round it to 1 billion. Given 60 million are for legal fees. So ball parking the percentage the layers got i was around 10%. Most of us if we got a layer and then won the settlement, unless negotiated differently, a lawyer will normally get 30% which should be around 300 million given the rough calculations... Bottom line it seem crapple got off cheap.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 07 Dec 2013 @ 12:05

48.12.2013 3:50

Originally posted by SomeBozo:
Hmmm seems they are getting off cheap for legal fees.... Last article on afterdawn here about the settlement crapple got about 890 million in damages, lets round it to 1 billion. Given 60 million are for legal fees. So ball parking the percentage the layers got i was around 10%. Most of us if we got a layer and then won the settlement, unless negotiated differently, a lawyer will normally get 30% which should be around 300 million given the rough calculations... Bottom line it seem crapple got off cheap.

The explanation of that "cheapness" can be that Apple, as every huge enterprise, must have a legal department of its own, which means that most of that lawyers will be actually in their payroll and, of course, they'll get incentives, but not even close to a 30%.

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58.12.2013 4:17

if apple gets some of the legal fee covered i hate to think what they will sue for next.They filed a dodgey lawsuit against samsung and surprisingly won,they get there money and now they want more ,not samsungs fault apple hired overpaid lawyers and continued to waste the courts time repeatedly until they won.


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